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Megan McShane, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7427
Office: MOD 1 - #31

Megan C. McShane is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, Florida.  She received her Ph.D. from Emory University, her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. from Arizona State University, all in Art History.

Her research interests include art and technology, as well as art and ecology, digital and social media, and Avant-Garde art of the inter-war period in Europe and post-1978 China.

As one of two art historians at FGCU, Megan teaches courses covering the Renaissance to the present day and covers Europe, America, Africa and Asian art history in her teaching duties.  She has advanced e-learning at FGCU with her design of the survey of art history from the Renaissance to the present: ARH2051.  The online course she developed is now used as a template for other courses being designed at FGCU and has been nominated for the Quality Matters program, the reigning review system of quality online course delivery design through a network of national peer review.

In her current teaching post at FGCU, she is working with The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, to further her work on the art and ecology movement, which is informed by conceptions of time as interrelated with technology.  Her teaching and research addresses large-scale, waste management infrastructure projects using artist and scientist collaborations for bioremediation.  She also is an affiliate of the Whitaker Center for Science, a nationally recognized S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education leadership center.  Previously, Megan worked with the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, a center that is committed to promoting research on science and technology as human, knowledge producing institutions.  Megan seeks to study the variety of ways in which these institutions affect society, and this from the perspective of art history and cultural studies.

Megan recently spent a year in China as the first Modern Art Historian to be officially accepted by the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Education to propagate Avant-Garde art history and methodology.  Her Fulbright was endowed by the Luce Foundation.  She was posted at Sun Yat-Sen University in the Department of History in Guangzhou.  While in Guangzhou, Megan studied narrative in new media art and the democratization of digital video productions in China with reference to satellite, landscape and cell phone images.  She has exported Chinese Contemporary video art to the Munich Film Festival and the Hirshorn Museum at the Smithsonian.  She has published widely in China and taught seminars at the China Academy of Art in the Experimental Art Ph.D. program, as well as the Culture Studies Program for the Study of Spacial and Performance Creativity.

Some of her recent work includes the publication entitled, Ecological Mimesis, which considers the concepts of adaptation and mutation, biological mimesis, natural specimen display, mimetic representation in the fine arts, and the social implications of surveillance technology employing technology modeled after insects and cephalopods.

Megan has worked to gather artists to produce art installations and digital media events in China, Europe and America.

She has been awarded a sabbatical from January 2014 - January 2015 during which she plans to work on her research while in residence with fellowships in Europe and Asia for the year.

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